Peddlers in Death

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Peddlers in Death

Byline: Dave Robson

Major victories were hailed today in the war against seaside drug peddlers on Teesside as police unveiled a dealers' hall of shame.

And it brought a stark "no hiding place" warning to dealers who think areas outside the drugs-ridden urban centres offer a safer haven for their activities.

In the past few weeks alone, four people have been jailed for a total of 14 years for peddling deadly heroin in Marske.

Encouraged by the jail terms - part of Langbaurgh's successful Dealer A Day campaign - senior officers took the unusual step of releasing pictures of the convicted quartet.

The sentences were also welcomed by Marske councillor Mike Findley, who revealed he recently had the words "Smack City" cleaned off signs leading in to Marske.

Of those jailed, Kevin King, 25, of Errington Garth, was sentenced to three years at Teesside Crown Court

on March 18 for supplying heroin in the Marske area.

Last month, Jason Plunkett, 33, of Vicarage Drive, Marske, got five years for supplying heroin, plus two years for two charges of unlawful wounding and one of criminal damage.

Defence barrister Michael Bosomworth had told the court that addict Plunkett was one of a group known locally as "the smackheads" who had been subject to violence themselves.

And on March 5, former soldier Michael Haggerty, 23, and his pregnant girlfriend Louise Caswell, 24, both of Riftswood Drive, each got three years for supplying heroin.

Passing sentence on the pair, Recorder Anton Lodge QC told them he had taken into account of all the good that had been said about them, but the fact remained that "people who supply drugs of this type get sentenced to prison".

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